CMC Notes – April 2024

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CMC Notes Newsletter - April 2024

In this issue

1. Important Upcoming Dates

2. Spring Recitals – Info

3. Teachers’ Upcoming Gigs & Releases

4. Lost & Found

5. Featured Student

6. Featured Teacher

7. Birthdays this Month

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 1st: Lessons are still ON!

Thursday, April 18th: Fall Re-Registration forms will be emailed out to complete before our May 1st deadline!

Monday, May 1st: Deadline for Re-Registration forms for the fall: reserve your fall lesson day & time by re-registering by May 1st! (forms will be sent on April 18th)


Click HERE for our private lesson 2023-2024 CMC School Year Calendar

Spring Recitals - Info!

SAVE THE DATE: Our CMC Spring Recitals!


Below are the dates for our CMC spring recitals – mark your calendars! PLEASE NOTE that our recital sign-up form will be emailed to you at the beginning of May.


Recital participation is completely optional, but we encourage our students to take advantage of this opportunity to perform for an audience in a supportive environment, to develop a musical goal to work towards and achieve, and to show your loved ones what you’ve learned so far!




IN-PERSON at Array Space:

10am: cello recital (students of all cello teachers & our Suzuki cello group class)

12pm: violin/viola recital (students of all violin & viola teachers, choose from 12pm or 1pm)

1pm: violin/viola recital (students of all violin & viola teachers, choose from 12pm or 1pm)

2pm: voice/winds recital (students of all voice & wind teachers)

3pm: adult recital (all instruments & voice for students 18+)

5pm: guitar/drum recital (students of all guitar/drum teachers)

6pm: guitar/ukulele/bass recital (students of all guitar/ukulele/bass teachers)




ONLINE via Zoom

10am: all instruments & voice for any teacher


IN-PERSON at Array Space:

1pm: piano recital (students of Alida & Josh)

2pm: piano recital (students of Cheng-Feng, Chris & Erik)

3pm: piano recital (students of Neal & Michele)

4pm: piano recital (students of Luan & Mark)

5pm: piano recital (students of Hiro, James & Iris)

6pm: piano recital (students of Louise)

Teachers Upcoming Gigs & Releases!


CMC teacher Alex has 2 upcoming events!


1. April 4th, 8:00pm at the Burdock: Action Forever Album Release.


2. Apr. 28/29, 8:30pm at the Rex: Dan Pitt Quintet.



Lost & Found

lost and found april 2024
lost and found april 2024

If any of these items are yours, please email [email protected]!

Featured Student!

featured student april 2024

Sabrina (Cello)

1. How old were you when you first started music lessons?

I was 3 when I had my first cello lesson. I was 4 when I started lessons with Sarah.


2. Why did you choose your instrument?

My mom chose it for me but now I like it.


3. What do you like most about your teacher?

I like that she’s funny and kind and patient.


4. Do you have a favourite piece to play?

Right now my favourite is Bourrée (G. F. Handel)


5. If you could play any other instrument, what would it be?

I would like to play Piano.


6. What else do you do in your spare time?

I like swimming and gymnastics and ice skating. At home I like to watch TV, practice cello, reading, and playing. And board games!


7. Who are some of your musical inspirations?

My teacher Sarah.


8. What do you like most about CMC?

I like that they have books I can read if I’m early for class. And the recitals, because I can hear what other students are playing.

If you are interested in being featured in our CMC Notes, please email us at [email protected]!

Featured Teacher!

Alida Doornberg (Piano, Voice)

1. How old were you when you first started music?

I think I was about 5 years old when I started Music for Young Children classes which I can still kind of remember. I started singing in choir when I was 6 years old, and music has been in my life ever since!


2. Why did you want to make music your career?

I was always really encouraged by my family and mentors growing up to follow my passion for singing. After graduating form an arts high school where I focused on vocal music, it felt natural to continue with post secondary studies in Voice Performance. University provided some of my first experiences with teaching music so I could start to develop a career and share my passion with others.


3. Which groups are you currently playing with, if any?

I recently joined the Nathaniel Dett Chorale which is a professional choir that focuses on Afrocentric music, currently celebrating their 25th anniversary as an ensemble. I also help lead a community choir called Echo Women’s Choir, which has been around for over 30 years, and focuses on folk music from around the world.


4. What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The best thing about teaching is giving students the opportunity to express their individual personalities through a song. I believe that music is an outlet to express the range of our emotions in a healthy way, and improves our mental health, so I feel lucky to help facilitate that for the students.

5. Some students have challenges with consistent practicing. What advice would you give them?

The small building blocks of daily practice are necessary so you can really enjoy playing music and feel you are expressing yourself through your instrument. I tell students to build the practice in to their routine at the same time everyday – maybe after school or after dinner. Also setting a timer to keep you focused is a great tool!


6. What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I’m not singing or playing piano I like to spend time with my cat Annie and work on crafts. I usually like sewing crafts but right now I’m working on a diamond painting.


7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’ve always really wanted to go to India, and I took a course on Indian culture in University. The food is incredible and it’s unlike any place I’ve been to before, so I think it would be a life-changing trip! I’m also interested in learning about Indian classical music which uses different scales, and Indian musical instruments.

If you are interested in being featured in our CMC Notes, please email us at [email protected]!

Birthdays this Month!

Happy Birthday

April 4: Torben L.

April 4: Kaitlin T.

April 5: Charlotte F.

April 5: Alice L.

April 5: Theo B.

April 6: Joe M.

April 7: Sinan M.

April 7: Luna P.

April 7: Lucas P.

April 7: Ines J.

April 7: Violet O.

April 10: Adriana C.

April 11: Alexander M.

April 11: Malcolm B.

April 12: Jeremy L-R.

April 13: Haifa M.

April 15: Theo T.

April 16: Lily O.

April 17: Loic-Antoine S-P.

April 17: Siobhan G.

April 17: Jonathan M.

April 18: Elliot G.

April 18: Louisa D.

April 23: Samuel V.

April 24: Zoé G.

April 24: Emilia M.

April 25: Eamon W.

April 26: Denise G-M.

April 26: Marcus A.

April 28: Mateo L.

April 29: Rafo B.

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